The Nebraska Unicameral showed that politicking during the campaigns can likely make a difference come governing time. All of the attempts to override the Governor’s vetoes failed.
State Sen. John McCollister complained of “political hardball”.
No one said it was going to be beanbag.
And Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus was quoted by the Associated Press that he was going to support the Governor’s vetoes…and then went the other way on every vote. (You’d think those stories would be updated online…)
(Some wondered if that was Schumacher’s plan all along…)
But one thing on the veto override votes that all disciples of George Norris must decry was the hyper-partisanship of the Legislature.
One party choosing to vote the same way, over and over again.
Yes, those partisan Democrats.
But Democrats hate partisanship, we thought!
Well, every Democrat in the Legislature voted the same way on every override vote.
Republicans, on the other hand, broke ranks left and right, voting to sustain and override the Governor. Those venerators of the non-partisan Unicameral (Don Walton, we’re looking your way) must be down at the NEGOP’s HQ at the Johanns Center handing out attaboys for the GOP’s dedication to non-block voting.
But those loathsome Democrats refuse to get on board with non-partisanship. They vote the same way again and again, clearly however the party tells them to.
It’s sad, really.
Well, there will probably be a whole bunch written on this topic soon.
A somewhat bizarre commentary from Senator Sasse on some Twitter pics.
But a funny response from whomever runs Chuck Schumer’s account:
Requiescat in pace
Chris Cornell…Roger Ailes…
These things tend to come in threes…